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This is hope for a breakthrough. THIS IS AUBURN RESEARCH.

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BENEFITING: AUBURN UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

EVENT DATE: Feb 23, 2015

THE STORY:

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with the Auburn University Foundation, is using a crowdsourcing site to raise awareness and financial support for its GM1 research. 

Associate Professor Dr. Doug Martin said he believes that if funding is raised through the site, CrowdRise, there could be a breakthrough in treatment for the rare, fatal neurological disease.

“If we could get started on the studies that could lead to eventual FDA approval, we believe we could see real results in clinical trials,” he said.

Translating Animal Medicine Breakthroughs
into Human Medicine Cures

For decades, the Scott-Ritchey Research Center in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine has researched GM1 gangliosidosis in felines, as GM1 occurs naturally in cats. The goal is to find a cure for feline GM1 and, through research partners across the United States, successfully apply similar therapies that translate into human medicine. 

Martin and his team at Scott-Ritchey have successfully extended the life expectancy of cats by more than five times compared to non-treated GM1 cats with the use of gene therapy, a non-harmful viral vector to produce enzymes missing in GM1 and Tay-Sachs-related diseases.

Treated cats are living years past the life expectancy of non-treated cats and their survival time continues to increase. Martin’s goal is to model that same success in human clinical trials.

Porter's Story

“We believe 100 percent that the research we are doing will help children like Porter Heatherly,” said Martin.

Porter Heatherly, the son of Auburn alumni Sara and Michael Heatherly, has GM1 gangliosidosis, an inherited disease that progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure and unfortunately for children like Porter, who have infantile-onset GM1, the life expectancy is just two years. Porter turned 2 on Sept. 14. The Heatherlys hope Porter’s story will inspire support for Martin’s research.

An International Partnership

Auburn is part of an international team – the Tay-Sachs Gene Therapy Consortium – established in 2007 by researchers from Scott-Ritchey, Cambridge University, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston College, Massachusetts General Hospital and New York University. The consortium has pooled its efforts to devise the most effective gene therapy approach to treat Tay-Sachs disease and bring it into simultaneous clinical trials in the U.S. and U.K.

Martin believes the research is ready for clinical trials in humans, but before that can happen, the college must secure $500,000 in funding so Scott-Ritchey scientists can pursue research leading to studies needed for FDA approval.

Supporting Auburn's GM1 Research

Donations in support of Auburn's GM1 research being performed in the Scott-Ritchey Research Center may be made:

For more information, visit:

$216,787

MONEY RAISED
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  • Patrick Coulter

    $26

  • Gigi & Steve Lennon

    $50

  • The Thomaston Family

     

  • The Garners

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Eddie and Sally Lambert

    $250

  • Ashley & Zach Randle

     

  • Friends of Porter-The Christies

    $20

  • Anonymous Donor

    $100,000

  • Anonymous Donor

    $100,000

  • Anonymous

    $20

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    $20

  • Brent & Lynne Denson

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Tommy & Jeanie McDonald

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tatiana and Alexandre Samoylov

    $250

  • Mahmoud Mansour

    $40

  • Jaime Maguire

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Christina Simpson

    $20

  • Madeline Sims

    $30

  • Darren

    $220

  • The Latorre Family

    $50

  • Kelly & Adam Grooms

    $100

  • Evan and Lacey

    $200

  • Melissa and David Miller

    $150

  • Andrea Nieman

    $100

  • The Jacks

    $50

  • David and Danza May

    $30

  • Eddie and Tricia Scheler

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Phillips Family Partnership, Ltd

    $100

  • Lauren Heatherly

    $100

  • Kate Gholston

    $20

  • Buzz & Wanda Outten

    $200

  • Suzanne Johnson

    $25

  • Aunt Michelle Heatherly & Mbody Yoga, Part 1

    $153

  • Becky Hudson

    $100

  • For Emily Metcalf

     

  • Lauren Redden

     

  • Maddox Owens & Family

    $25

  • Bobby & Carole Borden

    $300

  • Debbi Higginbotham

    $25

  • Daniel and Samantha Whitfield

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • The Snyder-Gilchrist Family

    $50

  • Amy and John Whittenburg

    $50

  • Catherine Lowder

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Willis

    $100

  • Normandie Dee Shirley

    $25

  • Alison Gorrell

     

  • Mark & Susie

    $50

  • Nonya Binness

    $50

  • Kerri Sauer

    $100

  • Cheryl Casey

    $100

  • The Milner Family

    $30

  • The Garners

    $1,600

  • Tavia Tillman

    $50

  • The Davis Family

    $100

  • Al and Dianne Hubbard

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • ashley

     

  • Beth Johnson

    $50

  • Dale

    $100

  • Coach Clint Myers

    $100

  • Gemma Paterson

    $20

  • Kris Garner

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Aunt Michelle Heatherly

    $200

  • Sellers

    $25

  • John Gittings

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • June Turner

     

  • Bud

    $100

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    $25

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    $100

  • Cheryl Barber

    $50

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    $100

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    $208

  • John and Karen Messersmith

    $100

  • Dr. Jim Lenga

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Madeline Sims

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Amy and Rene Da Silva

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • James Warren and Joanna Dupont

    $50

  • Karen M. Young

    $20

  • Carolyn Ford

    $10

  • The DeRienzo's

    $100

  • Garner

    $600

  • Michael and Lisa Hullett

    $100

  • Alex and Katy Doss

    $100

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43% Raised of $500,000 Goal

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The Team: $216,787 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

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43% Raised of $500,000 Goal

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James Blakney

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Don Day

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Linnea Cimo-Kaplan

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Leah Shope

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Kris Garner

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Ed and Nancy Morrison

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Love for Lorena

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Donor Comments

Alex and Katy Doss

Alex and Katy Doss

DONATION: $100

Praying for Porter 3 years ago

Michael and Lisa Hullett

Michael and Lisa Hullett

DONATION: $100

In memory of Bill and Ann Arnold 3 years ago

Garner

Garner

DONATION: $600

3 years ago

The DeRienzo's

The DeRienzo's

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Carolyn Ford

Carolyn Ford

DONATION: $10

In honor of Porter Heatherly 3 years ago

Karen M. Young

Karen M. Young

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

James Warren and Joanna Dupont

James Warren and Joanna Dupont

DONATION: $50

We are contributing in Honor of Porter and his family 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Amy and Rene Da Silva

Amy and Rene Da Silva

DONATION: $100

In loving memory of Lorena Mendes, such a tiny girl who succeeded in uniting so many in God's great grace and love! May you rest happily and eternally with our Lord in Heaven; playing, walking, running, laughing, and dancing in His arms....We are always praying for a cure for GM1. <3 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago